10 Oct, 2018 @ 16:12
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Brits among NINE killed in Mallorca flash floods, as island declared disaster zone

Sant Llorenç destruction
CHAOS: Mallorca ripped apart


AT LEAST nine people are killed, including two Brits, in the worst floods in Mallorca for 100 years.

Biblical flash floods drowned the two Brits in a taxi, while the driver is among 10 people still missing, as 200 people fled their homes.

Sant Llorenc, 40 miles east of Palma, is the worst affected area, which saw over 200mm of rain in just four hours.

HELPLESS: Flash floods took everything in their path

Over 510 emergency units have been mobilised in the response, including 120 soldiers, seven military vehicles and helicopters.

Tennis star Rafael Nadal has offered emergency accommodation at his Miquel Àngel sports centre to those caught up in the disaster zone, which is near to the Love Island villa.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (PSOE party) has declared Mallorca a ‘disaster zone’ and is joined by PP leader Pablo Casado to meet today with those affected on the Balearic island.

CARNAGE: People were swept away in vehicles

The Prime Minister announced there would be three days of national mourning and said: “My solidarity and support goes out to all those families and friends of victims affected by these tragic floods.”

Among those also killed were an elderly man, drowned in his basement, found by Spain’s Civil Guard, former Sant Llorenc mayor Rafel Gili, who is the father of current mayor Tolo Gili, and a nine-year-old boy.

Mallorcan native Manuel Torrescusa had a lucky escape from his sinking vehicle as he swam 500m through floods to safety, where he was given clothes by Spain’s Civil Guard, as his clothes were ripped off on a metal fence.

DECIMATED: Cars piled up

Dramatic footage, shared on social media, shows cars can be seen being tossed around by the torrents of water battering Mallorca.

Pictures now show the extent of the damage caused, as homes have been severely damaged and cars are piled up.

A Civil Guard spokesman said: “The focus is now on finding those missing. River beds and the area around the coast is being searched.
“There are a lot of cars in the river beds and a lot of wreckage so it’s not an easy job.”

HELPING HAND: Rescue centres in Manacor and Calle Major help those affected


People clung to trees, roofs and balconies in desperate attempts to save themselves from the flash floods.

Rescue centres were set up in Manacor and Calle Major.

A cleanup operation is now under way to shift the vast amount of mud and sediment strewn across Mallorca.

CUT OFF: road to dArtà-a-la-Colònia

At least 11 roads remain cut off from Sant Llorenc and authorities have urged people to stay away from the affected area.


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